Charles Green faces second ‘no surrender’ charge

IT HAS emerged that Rangers chief executive Charles Green will face two charges of bringing the game into disrepute.

On Wednesday, the Scottish Football Association issued a notice of complaint to the 59-year-old concerning alleged racist language, after he referred to Rangers business partner Imran Ahmad as his “little Paki friend” in a newspaper interview published last Sunday.

However, those are not the only comments he will be asked to explain at Hampden on 25 April, with SFA sources last night confirming that he will also be grilled over remarks broadcast on Radio Clyde on Monday, 8 April.

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In an interview recorded last September but not aired until its appearance on Clyde’s Super Scoreboard programme at the start of this week, Green ended his conversation with reporter Gerry McCulloch by saying: “No surrender.”

The phrase is sung by Rangers fans in the Loyalist anthem Derry’s Walls, a song which refers to the Siege of Derry in 1689 and the interview was aired belatedly in order to illustrate Green’s capacity for making ill-advised statements.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, Rangers suffered a blow yesterday with the news that winger Barrie McKay will not play again this season after suffering a foot injury during the friendly win over Linfield on Wednesday.

McKay came off after 16 minutes of the 2-0 friendly victory and will see a specialist in London early next week to gauge the extent of the damage. But Rangers said it “seems certain” that the injury will rule him out of Rangers’ four remaining Irn-Bru Third Division matches.

The injury also casts doubt on McKay’s inclusion in the Scotland squad for the Elite Stage of the European Under-19 Championship towards the end of May.